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By Alison Tully | June 28, 2008
While many school systems are struggling to keep summer school open, the program in the Burbank Unified School District is experiencing its highest enrollment ever. The district expanded its criteria this year for student eligibility, which is based on students’ test scores, William McKinley Elementary Principal Bobbie Kavanaugh said. About 3,400 district students are attending classes this summer, an increase of about 600 students from last year, Deputy Supt. Joel Shapiro said.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | July 22, 2006
Wearing a crown adorned with jewels, 8-year-old Adrian Angel-Bello walked out on stage at Jefferson Elementary School Thursday in a long, white beard and cape. She was portraying Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, in "Tide Pool Condos," a musical summer school enrichment program students were putting on Thursday for their last day of summer school. It took the students three weeks to prepare for the play about the ocean, summer school Principal Cris Watson said. "I got my part about two weeks ago," Adrian said.
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By Rachel Kane | July 11, 2007
A bachelor's degree in criminology isn't exactly a requirement for a high school assistant principal, but Oscar Macias sees it as a definite asset. Students who run afoul of campus rules at John Burroughs High School next semester will have to reckon with Macias and his knowledge of the delinquent mind when he takes on his new job as assistant principal at the end of July. "I've been playing bad cop for a while now, so I'm used to it," he said as he stood on the field of John Muir Middle School Tuesday afternoon.
NEWS
June 23, 2001
Gary Moskowitz NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- It's summertime, when the living is easy -- unless you're in summer school. Educators and custodians throughout the district have been rushing through preparations for Monday's start date for a summer school session in which some 1,250 students will cram 20 weeks worth of schooling into a mere six. Dr. Wanda Armstrong is summer school principal at Luther Burbank Middle School,...
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By Rachel Kane | June 13, 2007
BURBANK ? Barely a four-day weekend out of spring semester, hundreds of students in the Burbank Unified School District finished their first day of summer school Tuesday afternoon. The front steps of John Burroughs High School were flooded with teenagers as the final bell rang at 1 p.m. Burroughs is the site for high school summer school classes this year and students like Heather Markow, 16, said it was crowded as ever. "There's a lot of people from different schools, so there's so many people," Heather said.
NEWS
June 28, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- Trading summer vacation for more time in the classroom may not be the holiday of choice for most Burbank students, but that's exactly how many will be spending their time. After a one-week break, more than 3,000 Burbank students returned for summer school this week. About 670 students showed up Monday at David Starr Jordan Middle School, where the district middle school summer session is being held this year. Students were not the only ones less than thrilled with the prospect of more time at school.
NEWS
July 10, 2002
Molly Shore While many high school students are enjoying a three-month respite from studies, some are still in classrooms poring over English and math. They are 10th-graders attempting to pass the statewide California High School Exit Exam that becomes mandatory for graduation in 2004, when they will be seniors. The three-day exam, given for the first time in the 2001-2002 school year, is based on ninth-grade California standards in English/language arts and mathematics, said Mike Bertram, the principal during summer school at Burbank and John Burroughs high schools.
NEWS
August 8, 2001
Gary Moskowitz NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Steve New is amazed at the progress his students have made in just six weeks. New's 30-member summer school band performed Wednesday to commemorate the completion of the six-week high school summer program at Luther Burbank Middle School that finished this week. All but three of New's students had never picked up their instruments before summer school started. "They all feel like they're accomplishing something," said New, John Muir Middle School's music director.
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By Rachel Kane | July 11, 2007
Twelve-year-old Casey Sandino has spent the long, hot days of June and July running around backstage in the auditorium at John Muir Middle School, fetching props, setting lights and making notes on stage directions for a script. "I'm practically the tech crew myself," Casey said. Spending a little more than an hour every day with boxes and closets full of well-worn props is what Casey wants to do. Even though he and the other 15 students in the middle school summer-enrichment play-production course are missing out on some vacation time, they're still having a good time, he said.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | June 14, 2013
By the 2014-15 school year, assistant principals at local middle and high schools will work five fewer days a year, saving Burbank Unified close to $30,000 annually. The subtraction reflects the schedules assistant principals worked prior to 2005 - the year they took on additional work days to oversee the district's summer school programs. But as the state reduced funding for summer programs in recent years, Burbank Unified minimized its offerings and focused mostly on students who need to take classes to recover credits.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 12, 2012
Local families dependent on free and reduced-price school meals could find it harder to keep their children fed this summer. The city of Burbank will not be offering its summer parks program and complimentary free meals due to budget cuts, officials said. In the past, the program has operated at four sites, including McKinley and Miller elementary schools and Lundigan and Maxam parks, serving more than 8,500 meals. Roughly one-third of Burbank Unified's 16,670 students qualify for free and reduced-price meals, which are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
THE818NOW
June 11, 2012
Local families dependent on free and reduced-price school meals could find it harder to keep their children fed this summer. The city of Burbank will not be offering its summer parks program and complementary free meals due to budget cuts, officials said. In the past, the program has operated at four sites, including McKinley and Miller elementary schools and Lundigan and Maxam parks, serving more than 8,500 meals. Roughly one third of Burbank Unified's 16,670 students qualify for free and reduced-price meals, which are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | January 10, 2012
High school students looking to erase low grades from their transcripts have a new digital tool at their disposal. The Burbank Unified School District, in collaboration with the Burbank Adult School, will test an online-based, grade-improvement program this semester designed to better position students for higher education opportunities. Registration started Jan. 3 and is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who earned a ā€œCā€ or ā€œDā€ in core classes such as English, world history, U.S. history and Algebra I. The fee is $149 per five-credit course, and the 30 available slots will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, Burbank Adult School Principal Joe Stark said.
NEWS
December 13, 2008
Supt. Gregory Bowman, who has held the reins of the Burbank Unified School District for six years and been an educator for 44, announced this week that he will retire in June. It seems, on the face of it, like a sad time to end an illustrious career. Burbank Unified, like other districts throughout the state, has struggled with state budget woes in recent months, and the jury remains out on how much Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s planned midyear cuts will worsen things. Bowman, in his final months in Burbank, has often had to scrape to keep his district functioning as well as possible.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 28, 2008
While many school systems are struggling to keep summer school open, the program in the Burbank Unified School District is experiencing its highest enrollment ever. The district expanded its criteria this year for student eligibility, which is based on students’ test scores, William McKinley Elementary Principal Bobbie Kavanaugh said. About 3,400 district students are attending classes this summer, an increase of about 600 students from last year, Deputy Supt. Joel Shapiro said.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 21, 2008
BURBANK — With more families staying close to home this summer due to climbing gas and food prices, it is as important as ever to keep kids academically engaged, said Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction. O’Connell provided parents with suggestions on Thursday morning at Buena Vista Library on how to make learning a year-round quest rather than just confined to the school year. The tips included having children play mind-bending games such as Scrabble, write in a journal or diary, set aside time for reading and volunteer at a community organization.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 19, 2008
BURBANK — With more families staying close to home this summer due to climbing gas and food prices, it is as important as ever to keep kids academically engaged, said Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction. O’Connell provided parents with suggestions on Thursday morning at Buena Vista Library on how to make learning a year-round quest rather than just confined to the school year. The tips included having children play mind-bending games such as Scrabble, write in a journal or diary, set aside time for reading and volunteer at a community organization.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | July 11, 2007
A bachelor's degree in criminology isn't exactly a requirement for a high school assistant principal, but Oscar Macias sees it as a definite asset. Students who run afoul of campus rules at John Burroughs High School next semester will have to reckon with Macias and his knowledge of the delinquent mind when he takes on his new job as assistant principal at the end of July. "I've been playing bad cop for a while now, so I'm used to it," he said as he stood on the field of John Muir Middle School Tuesday afternoon.
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